Posts Tagged ‘Haystack’

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The Craft School Experience

November 12, 2016

Podcasts

screen-shot-2016-10-29-at-10-18-29-pmMany of you know the Maine Poet Laureate Stu Kestenbaum who served as the Director of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts for 26 years. Stu is now the interim director at Maine College of Art and he is working with The Craft School Experience, a consortium of five craft schools, listed below. All of them have fabulous learning opportunities!

From The Craft Schools website: Craft schools across the U.S. offer an educational opportunity like no other. Here, you’ll find internationally-renowned instructors, intensive and focused study, and time for exploration in beautiful residential settings. Those of us who have be fortunate enough to spend time making art at Haystack know how true the statement is about the place.

Stu has interviewed five artists so far in a continuing series of podcasts available by CLICKING HERE. The interviews are very interesting and a great resource to share with students who are interested in learning about the lives of artists and/or are considering being artists themselves. The artists and information on them, taken from The Craft School Experience website is included below.

Roberto Lugo is a potter living and working in Vermont. He grew up in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia and began his creative life writing graffiti. Roberto is a professor at Marlboro College, and he talks about the different languages of academia, the pottery room, and the community where he was raised and the challenges and joys of truly communicating across cultures.

Rowland Ricketts is an indigo grower and artist based in Bloomington, Indiana. He studied traditional indigo making and dyeing techniques in Japan, where he was living after college and where he met his wife, Chinami, who is a weaver.

Vivian Beer is a furniture designer and the winner of HGTV’s Ellen’s Design Challenge. Its about learning how to blend traditional making with new technology, and how her time on the tv design contest showed her that not only can great design be made more cheaply, but it should be.

Sonya Clark is about family, roots, textiles, and the joys of making art in a community.

Tim McCreight is a jeweler, teacher, publisher, writer, and activist.

Sculptor Tom Joyce trained as a blacksmith when he was a teenager. His art work can be found in museums across the country, including the National September 11th Memorial and Museum in New York City.

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Haystack and Beyond

September 22, 2015

What are you doing to recharge your creativity juices?

Music teachers play in bands, conduct choirs at church, sing on the corner after work. Art teachers work in their studios, paint faces at school and/or church events, attend Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Stonington. There are a variety of opportunities to teach, to give and to be involved in the arts in Maine. Many of these activities are about feeding ones soul.

One opportunity that does so much for so many is attending Haystack – I’ve been attending the Maine Art Education Association (MAEA) conference in September for 30 plus years (to numerous to count and remember) and I always leave excited and charged up. I feel nourished! Thank you MAEA for providing this learning opportunity.

This past weekends workshop offerings included the following:

  1. Masks: Michael Stasiuk

  2. Altered Books: Abbie Read

  3. Clay Explorations: Karen Orsillo

  4. Gelatin Printmaking: Susan Webster

  5. Cold Connections in Metals: Sharon Portelance

  6. Plein Air Painting: Cooper Dragonette

  7. Blacksmithing: Peter Happny

I had a chance to visit each workshop at some point during the weekend and I was so impressed with the quality and depth of the work. The new Visual and Performing Arts Specialist, Beth Lambert visited on Saturday. Below you can see some photos of the work and the amazing place (Haystack).

Attending Haystack is a great opportunity to learn, network, create, all in a beautiful location. On October 9 at the beautiful Point Lookout Conference Center in Northport dance, music, theatre, visual art teachers and artists, museum educators and many others will learn side by side at Maine’s Biennial Arts Education Conference: Measure of Success. If you’d like to learn more and/or register please go to http://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Education/Biennial-Statewide. If you have questions please email me at argy.nestor@maine.gov.

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Haystack in the Summer

February 20, 2015

Two week scholarship available

The Quimby Family Foundation Fellowship for Haystack 2015

Application Deadline: Friday, March 6th

Submit your application directly to: Heidi O’Donnell  –  heidiaemaine@gmail.com
The Quimby Family Foundation Fellowship, a great opportunity for summer professional development. This fellowship is for an active MAEA Maine art educator to spend two weeks participating in a Haystack summer workshop.
photo_spreadThe Quimby Family Foundation has awarded Haystack a grant of $35,000 to endow a fellowship for an active MAEA Maine art teacher. Haystack has had a long relationship with Maine art teachers — the Maine Art Education Association held one of its first annual fall conferences at Haystack in 1968 — and many art teachers have studied at the school during summer sessions. Haystack has received grant support in the past from both the Surdna Foundation and the Maine Arts Commission to award fellowships.

The time spent here is important to art educators both for their teaching and art-making. Bronwyn Sale, a former art teacher from Portland, wrote this when she received a similar fellowship a few year’s ago, “As an art teacher, I believe that the best ‘staff development’ is to be among fellow working artists and to practice my own art. Attending Haystack gave me the space and environment to do so. In addition to the personal artistic growth that occurred during my workshop, as a teacher the experience was invaluable. I was able to assume the role of student again in a workshop taught by an artist who is also a master teacher…. I gained a whole new perspective on teaching and was exposed to ideas and assignments that I can now share with my students…” This new fellowship will create a permanent fellowship for an active MAEA Maine teacher to attend a two-week session.
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To Apply:

Go to the Haystack website http://www.haystack-mtn.org/ for all information about sessions and workshops. Note: This scholarship is for a dorm room. If you would like more expensive accommodations, you would be required to pay the difference.

Download and print the application form and fill it out completely. Email your completed application directly to the president with your answers to the following two questions:

1.Why would attending a summer session at Haystack be important to your teaching and how would you benefit from the opportunity?

2.How have you advocated for Art Education locally in your district and/or how have you volunteered to assist Maine Art Education Association?

If selected as the scholarship recipient, you would be responsible for writing a reflection, including photographs, of your fellowship experience for our newsletter and website.

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Haystack Fall Conference

May 21, 2014

Getting ready!

It’s that time of year again to register for our
MAEA Fall Conference at Haystack!!!

All of the information regarding dates (September 26-28), workshops and descriptions, Haystack positions, etc. can be found on the website: http://aeforme.org/MAEA/Haystack.html

Registration opens Sunday, June 1st! You must register online through the website (a link from the website will be provided on June 1st.) There is NO paper registration option! You will have the option of paying online via Paypal or mailing in your payment to: MAEA, PO Box 10463, Portland, ME 04104.
(If you plan on sending in a check for your payment, instead of using the Paypal option, you may do so early – like right now! Once registration opens on June 1st, if your payment is in our mailbox, it will be added to the queue. Note: If it arrives early it does NOT mean it will be first in line – it will be placed in the order in which ALL materials are received – including the on-line registration! Checks need to be made out to: MAEA. The conference is $250 on-campus and $200 off-campus. Don’t forget to add payment for your 2014-2015 membership as well!)

To be clear… Your registration will be complete, and your workshop request placed in the queue, ONLY when ALL registration materials have been accounted for:

  • online registration form,
  • active membership paid for the 2014-2015 year,
  • and full payment for the conference is received!

Workshops are filled on a first come, first served basis.

The opportunity to receive CEUs will be provided this year. When you register, please indicate whether this is something you need. You will be responsible for mailing in the paperwork provided and paying for the processing (I believe it is $10).

Reminder that your active membership ends on June 30th.
If you are registering for the Fall Conference at Haystack and plan on paying via Paypal online at the time of registration, you do not need to go to the membership page and renew!!! You will pay for the conference AND membership at the same time once the conference registration opens on June 1st. However, if you do not plan on attending the fall conference, and you wish to stay an active member, the renew membership Paypal button for the 2014-1015 year is now on the website. (http://aeforme.org/MAEA/Membership.html)

If your MAEA membership is not renewed by June 30th, you will be designated as non-active and, as a result, may not receive up-to-date information or be eligible for conferences, scholarships, exhibitions, opportunities, etc. Don’t miss anything! Please join or renew today!

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Haystack

September 20, 2013

Maine Art Education Conference

Another successful conference was held at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts last weekend by the Maine Art Education Association. The workshops were intense and included the following choices:

  • Creative and Useful Bookmaking: Sally Allen
  • Alabaster Carving: Anne Alexander
  • Encaustic Painting: Diane Bowie Zaitlin
  • Animal sculptures with clay using enclosed forms and additions / Tim Christensen
  • Plein Air Painting / Cooper Dragonette
  • Responding to ­ Photography in Europe/ Brenton Hamilton
  • Knifemaking / Tim McCreight

After a little bit of rain on Friday, the sky cleared and the moon shined beautifully that evening. As traditional, slides of the artists’ work and stories were shared on both evenings. The annual silent auction brought in over $1000.00 for the student scholarship fund. Teachers took the time to visit other studios which provided viewing the processes, learning from others, and meeting art educators. And, of course, the beautiful Haystack environment provided a unique experience. Just being there seems to bring out the creative juices that art teachers have. The food was excellent (although I miss the spanakopita that used to be served on Saturday night)!

A great big thank you to those who attended and especially to the planners of the annual conference Reagan Russell and Lynn Wildnauer!

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I participated in the Bookmaking session and learned how to make several books including a stab book – one that I have been interested in for a long time. I am looking forward to filling the contents. I have to say that the most fascinating session for me of the weekend was the knifemaking workshop. It was amazing to stop by and see the progress and what each teacher was creating.

If you are not a member of the Maine Art Education Association I urge you to submit your membership request asap. Heidi O’Donnell, the new president, and other new slate of officers are committed to providing a top quality professional organization for Maine art educators. To join the organization please contact membership chair Jodi Thomas at Jodi jodi.thomas@thorntonacademy.org or president Heidi O’Donnell at heidiaemaine@gmail.com.

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Maine Arts Assessment Initiative members Leah Olson, Suzanne Goulet, Argy Nestor, Catherine Ring, Pam Ouellette

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Haystack Registration

May 31, 2011

Starting June 1st

So, today’s the day if you haven’t already done so! If you are an art educator and would like to attend the Haystack conference this year on September 16,17, and 18 I suggest you go to the Maine Art Education Association website (MAEA).

All of the information is there included how to register. You will need to download, print and snail mail, POSTMARKED June 1, your registration to the registrar. Don’t forget to include a self addressed, stamped envelope.

You do need to be a member of MAEA. If you’re not you can send it with your conference registration. It is first come, first serve, as they are received by postmark.

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Haystack Fall MAEA Conference

May 19, 2011

Registration opens June 1st for Haystack conference

Don’t miss Haystack Weekend 2011 on September 16, 17, 18!
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Haystack 2011 Workshop Information and Registration/Membership forms have just been posted on http://mainearted.wikispaces.com
The same information will be in the Spring Newsletter coming mid May at http://www.mainearted.org

Registration begins June 1, 2011: Please print the form, fill out and mail with your payment and member dues to the listed address.
Do not mail until 6/1/11. Registrations will be accepted by the date they are mailed. Please be sure to have a visible postmark on your envelope!

WORKSHOPS
THE SEEDS OF A MOVIE/ Charlie Johnson
INTAGLIO PRINTMAKING/ Mary Hart
BLACKSMITHING/ David Burtt
OPEN STUDIO AND ACRYLICS/ Debra Bickford
PASTELS/ Marguerite Lawler
WHEELTHROWN POTTERY/ Marian Baker
MOLDMAKING AND SCULPTURE/ Ian Anderson

Conference Fee is $250.

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